At the first meeting of the new year, the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Board of Trustees on Jan. 15 approved an annual charge to the college’s external auditors, accepted the college’s quarterly financial statements and approved the administration’s suggested approach to begin the recruitment of new full-time faculty this spring for Fall 2014.
The board also decided to implement and follow a process to report and disclose any potential conflicts of interest, in writing, using a form that will be updated and signed annually by all trustees. CMC spokesperson Debra Crawford said the new policy was enacted, “in the spirit of good governance and to reaffirm the trustees’ commitment to the college’s code of conduct [and] conflict of interest policy.”
The board also approved three new student fees for the 2014-15 academic year: a $50 exam fee for the Introduction to Hospitality Industry class, a $300 fee to cover the cost of seafood, meat and other food needed for the Center of the Plate course and a $35-50 fee for selected online courses.
Crawford said the fee for certain online courses would be for digital texts, in place of textbooks that often cost much more. At the board meeting, administrators told the trustees this pilot program is intended to save students money.
The trustees also approved a plan to post public notices of the board meetings in every CMC location in the college’s district and service area.
The next Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 19. The board has seven seats, elected by voters in the six counties comprising the CMC area. The trustees are responsible for employing and evaluating the president, approving the college budget, establishing college goals and monitoring the progress of the institution.